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Rutgers Downs Men's Lacrosse, 12-5
BALTIMORE—Visiting Rutgers outscored five consecutive first half goals and the Scarlet Knights improved to 3-0 by defeating UMBC (1-1), 12-5, in the home opener for the Retrievers.
Junior attackman Kevin Hover led the RU attack with three goals, while junior midfielder Will Mangan added two goals and one assist.
Five different players scored for the Retrievers, but UMBC managed to put only nine of 26 shots on goal.
UMBC junior attackman Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) equalized Rutgers’ Michael Diehl’s opening goal to knot the game at 1-1 at the 3:51 mark of the first quarter. But Hover scored with 2:27 remaining in the first quarter and gave the visitors the lead for good.
The Scarlet Knights took advantage of back-to-back man-up situations to grow the lead to 4-1 midway through the second quarter. Mangan scored at the 9:32 mark, and Diehl posted his second goal of the game 70 seconds later.
Rutgers lead, 6-1, at halftime, but UMBC managed to exchange the first six goals of the half with the visitors and sophomore Scott Hopmann’s (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) tally at the 9:26 mark of the fourth quarter brought the Retrievers to within 9-4.
UMBC created a turnover while doubling the ball on Rutgers’ ensuing possession, but promptly committed a give-away of its own. The Knights would take advantage of the Retrievers’ gambling defensive strategy as they scored three times in a span of 1:38 to take command at 12-4 with 4:36 remaining.
Rutgers outshot UMBC, 30-26, and the Retrievers committed 24 turnovers. RU sophomore netminder Joseph Donnelly made four saves to record the win. UMBC junior Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) took the loss, allowing six goals and making two saves in the first half. Sophomore Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./The Severn School) allowed six second half goals and made four stops.
The Retrievers won the first five draws of the game, but Rutgers would capture 13 of the final 16 and dominated time of possession over the final 45 minutes.
In addition to Grimm and Hopmann, sophomore midfielder Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), freshman attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) and sophomore midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./South River) tallied for UMBC.
Rutgers’ win even the series at 7-7.
UMBC travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, March 5.